I’ve seen many people take shots like this and always wanted to try it. Finally, with our monochrome challenge, I figured that black and white text might just make the perfect subject! After a simple conversion to black and white, I realized that it was simply too dull. Adding the reddish tint really brought out the textures to my eye.
I’m really liking the freedom that black and white gives. Even the most ordinary items can be made to look interesting. This was done completely in Adobe Lightroom 3. Converted to black and white, and then added the selective color back in using the split toning adjustments. Truly powerful once you get the hang of them.
As some may have noticed, my wife and I have stopped doing the ROYGBIV daily photo theme (as discussed at the beginning of January). While we had originally planned to stick with the theme for four weeks, we decided that after three weeks, we were no longer inspired to simply take photos of items for no other reason than they had the prescribed color. Therefore, we’ve decided to finish out January with a week of monochromatic shots.
This shot originally had a pure blue sky for a background. And while I really liked it, I just felt like something a bit more visually interesting. Hopefully, I’ve succeeded!